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Music Under the Oaks

Calling all acoustic players – there’s a new event going on at the Walter Jones Historical Park.  On the 4th Sunday of every month, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm,  come join your neighbors for an informal sing-along on the front porch of the Museum.  The gathering is hosted by the Mandarin Museum and Historical Society in partnership with the North Florida Folk Network, and will run through October.

When I attended last Sunday (without my guitar, ukelele, or dulcimer), the group had just moved inside due to the threat of rain and was happily singing “Michael Rowed the Boat Ashore”.  So dust off that instrument and join in.  See you next month!

Sing-along in the Mandarin Museum

Foto Friday

This barn was built from re-used lumber in 1876 for Col. William Webb.  Photo taken at Mandarin Historic Park in Jacksonville, Florida.

Plant A Fruit Tree

Yes, we can successfully produce citrus in Jacksonville, Florida.  As a matter of fact, Mandarin got its name from the Mandarin oranges that were grown here.  While  we do have to take precautions during a hard freeze where temperatures drop below 28 for 4 or more hours  (I use heat lamps),  most winters I have been able to harvest my crops with little difficulty.  And you will be AMAZED at how much fruit one little tree will produce!

Here is a picture of my Meyer lemon tree:

Meyer Lemon

I keep the height of my trees about the same height as I am, and have 5 trees along one side of my back yard – a Meyer lemon, key lime, tangerine, an orange, and a Ruby Red grapefruit.  They are ripe and ready between the months of December through March.

Holiday Events in Mandarin

Two special events in Mandarin this Saturday, December 1st, are guaranteed to get you into the holiday spirit!

Walter Jones Historic Park

The 13th Annual Winter Celebration will take place from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm at the Walter Jones Historic Park on Mandarin Road.  Come enjoy hayrides, music, historic re-enactments, train rides, food, tours of the William Webb Farmhouse, children’s activities and more!


Sailboats on Julington Creek

There’s nothing more festive than a parade – unless it’s the Julington Creek Boat Parade.  At 6:30 pm an estimated 40 decorated boats will gather on the West side of the Julington Creek Bridge connecting Mandarin and Saint Johns.  There will be prizes for the best decorated boats.

Both events are free, and fun for all.  So, come out and enjoy the day with friends, family and neighbors!  And if you don’t already live in the area, perhaps you’d like to check out some of our great homes for sale.  Follow the links to search homes by price in Mandarin and  Saint Johns.

Look for pictures on next week’s Foto Friday.

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?

It’s a beautiful Thanksgiving Day in Jacksonville, Florida, and it looks like my first dinner guest is about to arrive.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Foto Friday

This great blue heron seems to be enjoying the company of my bird from Concrete Creations.  Photo taken from my back yard at Lake Mandarin.

KAN-KI Japanese Steakhouse

Chef Sonny has prepared a volcano!

At KAN-KI Steakhouse & Sushi Bar, the entertainment is as important as the food.  I recently went to the restaurant at 11148 San Jose Boulevard in Mandarin with my son and grandsons.


Inside KAN-KI of Mandarin


Teppanyaki (grill) tables allow guests to sit back and enjoy watching their food being prepared.  And our chef, Sonny, put on quite a show.  Shrimp, steak, chicken, fried rice, and assorted veggies were all cooked to perfection – and oh, so fresh!  Great food and wonderful entertainment made for a fun evening.

If you go: KAN-KI has 3 locations in Jacksonville – Mandarin, Southside and Eagle Harbor.   Family friendly! More information is available at Kankijax.com.

Foto Friday

Which bird is the real bird?  (Scroll down for answer)

A blue heron stopped at the dock at my home on Lake Mandarin a couple days ago.  The bird on the right is from Concrete Creations.

Browse Books & More at the Library

The present Main Library was built as part of the Better Jacksonville plan and opened to the public in November 2005.  The facility is state of the art!  Most of the branch libraries in Jacksonville were updated and remodeled at the same time, and are a center of community activity.

Main Library at Hemming Plaza

The library of today offers much more than books.  Inside you will find music, movies, videos, DVDs, recorded books, magazines, and rows of computers with internet access.  Gone is the card catalog of old, though others who went to school years ago like me will be comforted by seeing the Dewey decimal system still in use.

With your library card, you will also have access to an online account where you can search for books, look for upcoming events, renew checked out items, and check the status of your account.

Mandarin Branch Library

There are also many programs offered at the library.  One of the most popular programs at the Main Library is the Music @ Main, a series of FREE music programs in the Hicks Auditorium.  The new fall season is about to get underway – more info coming soon!

More information about our libraries may be found on the City of Jacksonville website.

Foto Friday

No “where is” mystery this week.  I took this sunset picture of Lake Mandarin from my back yard.  It reminds me of the beauty around us right here in Jacksonville, Florida.

Sunset over Lake Mandarin in Jacksonville